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Monday, May 5, 2014

It is time to hit the pause button on unconventional gas drilling!

After an explosion in February 2014 at an unconventional gas well site in Greene County, PA, DEP Secretary Abruzzo stated,  "This just demonstrates why making sure that the location of well pads is done responsibly because at the end of the day, the most important thing for all of us is the protection of our citizens."

Really, Mr Abruzzo?

Explosions and incidents at well sites across the country have required 1-2 mile evacuation zones and occurred annually in PA for each of the past 4 years.  In addition, significant health impacts to citizens near well sites are now being researched and documented.  Permits are under review right now in the PA DEP for a 6 well site (the Geyer site) .53 miles from 3,200 children in the Mars Area School District.  These children, the surrounding community, and all the communities in Pennsylvania have a constitutional right to protection from this volatile and hazardous industry that is encroaching on schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and residents. 
Contact the DEP, folks...get in touch with Mr. Abruzzo and remind him that schools should not be in an evacuation zone of a frack site. Less than half a mile from school kids? Has this state gone completely mad? Our addiction to money and "cheap" fuel (cheap when you ignore the real costs, that is) is stunning.